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Gallitzin man accused of possessing child porn

A Gallitzin man has been charged with 51 felonies after allegedly possessing more than 140 images of child pornography. Benjamin A. Hodgson, 29, of 415 Church St., faces 50 child pornography charges and one charge of criminal use of a communication facility, online court documents ...

Greenwood-area woman told to remove animals

A Greenwood-area woman plans to appeal an order from the Logan Township zoning administrator to get rid of a pair of potbellied pigs, along with chickens, ducks and a goose on her property — an order triggered by complaints from a neighbor who said runoff from pig manure has created a stench ...

Area

Comcast outage irks customers A nationwide Comcast outage Friday, especially in the northeast region, disrupted customers’ internet, phone and cable service. In Blair County, Comcast serves customers in Catharine Township, Williamsburg Borough, Woodbury Township, Snyder Township and ...

Frankstown PTO plans playground

HOLLIDAYSBURG — The Frankstown Elementary School Parent-Teacher Organization has secured $140,000 of new equipment for an all-ability playground for the school’s 660 students. Nikki Hemminger, PTO playground committee member, said the process has been years in the making, with a PTO ...

Police: Man struck girlfriend with van

A city man is in jail after police said he struck his girlfriend with her van while drunk. Russell Bowers, 52, of 709 20th St., first floor, was arrested Thursday night on a felony count of aggravated assault and misdemeanor counts of recklessly endangering another person and hit and run ...

Sheetz kicks off fundraiser

Beginning Sunday, all 575 Sheetz stores will host a month of in-store fundraising to support the programs of Sheetz For The Kidz, with 100 percent of all customer donations going directly to supporting local children. Sheetz For The Kidz, an employee-driven 501(c)(3) charitable organization, ...

Wagner touts experience in gubernatorial campaign

The Republican candidate for governor, Scott Wagner, told Altoona-area residents Friday that he is a well-rounded Pennsylvanian who will help the economy and protect taxpayers’ paychecks. “Blair County is a customer. It will be a customer of the state of Pennsylvania, a customer of the ...

Inmate receives 28 years for assault

HOLLIDAYSBURG — A 44-year-old Altoona man has been sentenced to 28 to 56 years in prison for the March 2017 assault of a fellow Blair County Prison inmate who had tobacco in his rectum. Charles M. Frank, who told a jury in April that he never put his fingers or toothbrushes into the man’s ...

Hitting the open road

From Mirror staff reports Highways are expected to be very busy over the Independence Day holiday period. A record-breaking 46.9 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more away from home, an increase of more than 5 percent compared with last year and the highest amount since AAA started ...

Stranded man uses gun to wave down motorists

A Gallitzin man is accused of exposing himself and brandishing a handgun while stranded along Sugar Run Road so passing motorists would call police. John E. Pigza, 54, allegedly yelled, exposed himself and pointed a gun at passing vehicles as he stood along Sugar Run Road in Allegheny ...

Cambria finances on the upswing

JOHNSTOWN — Cam­bria County’s financial position continued to im­prove over the course of 2017, according to an audit report given Wednesday night. Accountant Joel Valentine, with Johnstown-based Wessel & Co., presented a clean audit report to those in attendance at a Cambria County ...

Altoona, Logan sign cable franchise deal

The city and Logan Township have moved to approve franchise agreements with Atlantic Broadband. The agreements call for the company to pay 5 percent of gross revenues generated within the municipalities through cable TV, in keeping with a federal law that allows municipalities to take that ...

AHA seeks better bids

The Altoona Housing Authority plans to advertise for help from a real estate broker to market its 10 scattered site properties, after a request for proposals didn’t produce a single bid closer than $10,000 to any of the properties’ appraised values. The Department of Housing and Urban ...

Shelter resident faces charges for bath salts

CLEARFIELD — A man residing at a shelter in Coalport is facing felony drug charges for ordering a large quantity of bath salts from China. Karl Anthony Sill, 40, was charged June 21 with a felony count of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, three felony counts of ...

City man arrested for alleged forgery

A city man wanted for failing to appear in court on a DUI case is now in jail on fresh charges after police allegedly found forged PennDOT inspection stickers. Dillon R. Snyder, 31, 931 First Ave., was arrested Mon­day night outside his home after a brief struggle with officers who had ...

Cambria board gives nod to 6-county plan

JOHNSTOWN — A comprehensive plan created through the cooperation of six counties was adopted Wednesday by Cambria County commissioners. “This is really an exciting day,” said Ethan Imhoff, Cambria County Planning Commission’s executive director. “Today is the culmination of two ...

Bus race tests staffers’ navigation know-how

Dawn Norris is a client of the HOPE Drop-in Center in the city, a support organization for people with mental health issues, and she depends on Amtran to get around. When she first began to use the Altoona-area bus service, poring over the timetables of various routes to figure out how to get ...

Magisterial District Judge

Filed before Altoona Magisterial District Judge Jeffrey P. Auker: Jason M. Grove, 42, 1012 24th Ave., charged by Altoona police with simple assault and harassment on the 1000 block of 24th Avenue Sept. 30. Charge of harassment was moved to nontraffic court; other charge was dismissed Nov. ...

Area briefs

Fireworks safety tips given The Altoona Fire Depart­ment recently offered safety tips in response to a new state law that allows residents to buy and use consumer-grade fireworks, which include firecrackers, Roman candles, bottle rockets and similar devices that contain no more than 50 ...

No-show jurors called to court, fined

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Blair County summoned about 30 people to court on Wednesday to explain why they haven’t showed for jury duty, with 12 ordered to pay fines of $25 or $50. This proceeding isn’t for someone who failed to respond once, but for those who haven’t showed as many as seven ...